5 Minnesota Twins Prospects that will miss the MiLB Season Most
By Otto Johnson
Some Minnesota Twins prospects will miss this year’s minor league season more than others. We take a look at who has the most to lose.
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, Major League Baseball decided a good way to offset some of their lost money by shelving the Minor League system for 2020 effectively costing most minor leaguers (including Minnesota Twins prospects) a season of their pro career and their development.
This is a massive loss for those players, but some are losing more than others. For example, the younger Twins prospects and the MLB-ready guys will be okay missing a season. Their development is either about complete or they still have lots of time.
On the other side of that coin, certain prospects who have had to deal with injury or have had their development slowed are losing valuable time and games. We take a look at the five prospects who are losing the most in 2020.
Minnesota Twins Prospect No. 5: Keoni Cavaco, SS
The No. 6 prospect in the Twins system, Keoni Cavaco has more upside than most of the other young prospects. This is a good thing, but it also leads to higher expectations. Cavaco didn’t have a good first 25 games and he was looking to improve this season.
Because this season is now being lost, Cavaco is now missing his first full season in the pros. As an extremely raw player, this was a big year for him, and now he just misses out. Let’s hope he rebounds in 2021.
Minnesota Twins Prospect No. 4: Yunior Severino, 2B
The tale of Yunior Severino, the former Atlanta Braves top prospect, is familiar. Talented guy who flashes elite tools, but can’t put consistent production together. Severino is the No. 22 prospect in the system, but he still can’t hit consistently.
He’s running out of chances to show he can still become the excellent second baseman he is supposed to be, and losing a season doesn’t help. He’ll turn 21 before next season and the Twins still don’t know if they have anything in him.
Minnesota Twins Prospect No. 3: Chris Vallimont, SP
Originally just a throw-in prospect in the trade that brought in Sergio Romo, Chris Vallimont has some really good stuff, but is the No. 30 prospect in the Twins’ system because he has really struggled with control of his pitches.
He will turn 24 before next season, about the same age most players make their minor league debut. Unfortunately for him, Vallimont is only in High A right now, and this season was supposed to show the Twins what they have. Losing this season really dims his outlook a bit.
Minnesota Twins Prospect No. 2: Akil Baddoo, OF
Yet another high potential guy, Akil Baddoo was a second round pick of the Twins in 2016. Baddoo had a productive 2017, but his 2018 wasn’t great and he only played 29 games last year due to injury. This has caused him to slide to No. 18 in our prospect rankings.
His arm isn’t what it once was, but his speed is still good, and he was supposed to showcase that he was fully healthy in 2020. Now, he’ll be 22 in August and missing another season of development will hurt him dearly.
Minnesota Twins Prospect No. 1: Wander Javier, SS
Wander Javier is like Akil Baddoo, but with less games played (Baddoo has played 233, Javier is at 130). Javier had a stellar first 50 games before a shoulder injury caused him to miss all of 2018 and he wasn’t the same when he came back last year.
Javier was a top prospect in the Minnesota Twins system and was ranked No. 95 in all of baseball at one point, so the tools are there. A second lost season could prove too much for the No. 9 prospect in the organization.